CCS middle school band students participated at the SPVA clinic on Tuesday, including back row from left,  Morgan Peterson, Correy Koellner, Kendra Burke, Morel Torres, Shelby Baird, Dawson Mollendor, Emmitt Zuege, middle row from left, Remington Yaw, Brittany Chavez, Itzel Chavez, Piper Lefdal, Benjamin Lefdal, LaReina Colton, and in front, Arturo Miscles. (Courtesy photo)

CCS Middle School band students performed Jan. 27 with the North Platte Middle School Honor Band directed by Dr. Duane Bierman from UNK. Back row from left, David Weiss, Delaney Krutsinger, Ella O’Neil,  Morel Torres, front from left, Sophie Fiedler, Jolee Schoenholz and Shelby Baird. (Courtesy photo)

Pictured above are the CCS middle school vocal students who were involved in the SPVA clinic on Tuesday, back row from left, Delaney Krutsinger, Lucy Spady, Nickolas Rau, Tyrel Richardson, Jacob Weiss, David Weiss, Ella O’Neil, Sophie Fiedler, middle row from left, Kourtynie Speaker, Virginia Kimble, front row from left, Jolee Schoenholz, Chloe Dillan, Jordan Jablonski and Jerzee Milner. (Courtesy photo)

CCS middle school band and vocal students have busy few days

    Seven Chase County Schools (CCS) middle school band students were chosen to perform in the North Platte Middle School Honor Band on Jan. 27. Adams Middle School in North Platte hosted 21 schools for the honor band event.
    Agnes Strand, CCS Director of Bands, said her students had been practicing the music since before Christmas.
    Dr. Duane Bierman from UNK directed the students on Saturday. The band rehearsed from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. and performed five challenging pieces later that day, said Strand.
    “I was pleased to see several hometown people there to enjoy the fruits of their labors. I think the folks who came to listen were pretty impressed with the difficulty level of the music and how really good it sounded,” Strand said.
SPVA clinic held at CCS
    Fourteen CCS middle school band students participated in the Chase County SPVA clinic Tuesday.
    The band clinician was Nathan LeFeber, Director of Bands at Kearney High School.
    “Not only was he extremely knowledgeable, but he filled the rehearsals and concert with energy and enthusiasm,” Strand said.
    They spent the day rehearsing four inspiring musical pieces to be presented at the concert later that day.
    The vocal students were directed by choral clinician Kandi Stelling, also from Kearney.
    They rehearsed and presented several uplifting musical arrangements in a concert that day as well.
    “The concert was a delightful combination of well-done rhythms, precise choreography and spirited vocals. The clinician was so exuberant, it was a joy to watch her conduct,” Strand said.

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